Dark electronic three-piece Blood Sound will be opening at Johnny Brenda’s with Black Marble and YOU. Their recent effort True Romance Magazines finds Tim Burton’s version of TRON with dreamy vocals dancing over an atmospheric keyboard, creating an enjoyable ’80s callout sound. The gig is 21+, and more information/tickets can be found here. Continue reading →
Relaxed rock and roll kids Tangiers are heading to 2nd Street tonight for a headlining gig at Bourbon and Branch. Slyly combining a bit of dad rock with some bluesy hard rock elements, they make a fun sound perfect for drinking a cold one. The gig is 21+, and tickets/more information can be found here. Continue reading →
Local two-piece Honeytiger just dropped a wistful ballad called “Hearts.” In it, reverberant vocals mix with the gentle yet enduring notes of an acoustic guitar. Last January, they released their impressive debut Half Clean that mostly inhabited the realms of riff-rock with occasional pit stops in the land of pop. “Hearts” favors a trippy singer-songwriter dynamic that allows listeners a peek at another facet of the duo’s musical capabilities and willingness to explore new genres. Continue reading →
Philadelphia singer-songwriter Thom McCarthy gets an A+ for song titles. The Philly singer-songwriter just this week released two tracks from his forthcoming record, and they are called “Primal Whistle of the Wind” and “Hobnob With the Doomed.” I don’t think anymore needs to be said; these curiosity-inducing phrases get your brain working before you even hit play (or maybe it’s just me).
“Primal Whistle of the Wind” is carried by resonant acoustic guitar and paired with earnest vocals that depict a struggle to escape an emotional purgatory. “Hobnob with the Doomed” is driven forward by similar instrumental arrangements with slight deviations in style. The lyrics appear to introduce a narrative, that could span the LP, in which listeners and / or the storyteller venture down a road that leads them out of purgatory, but quickly transitions into Hell. Continue reading →
Strings is Henri Tyler‘s first EP written from the perspective of a semi-seasoned Philadelphian.
The NJ native is a student at Drexel and wrote his self-titled debut about his transition into city and college life. Strings begins with the similarly titled “Pulling Strings,” a ballad carried by heavily distorted guitars, impassioned vocals of Tyler and a motif of evading the past and attempting to embrace the future. Henri Tyler is very new to The Key’s radar and all prospective fans should familiarize themselves with the soaring vocals and pop/rock wit displayed with lyrics like “Hey, you sold your soul and got away” from “The Field.” Continue reading →
Doylestown’s Balance and Composure blesses Union Transfer tonight, in support of their 2016 release Light We Made. Bringing along vulnerable emos Foxing and Philly’s own Mercury Girls (check out our Studio Session with them here), this gig should tug at some heartstrings. Watch the music video for Balance and Composure’s “Postcard” below, and more information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
In light of his recent debut solo album release, I would say now is the perfect time to catch Honus Honus live. Use Your Delusion is the product of years and years of touring and making music with his band Man Man, which gave him a decade to cultivate his own personal persona and style. Honus Honus is playing tonight at Boot and Saddle with the Brooklyn-based garage-rock band Pink Mexico. Go to the WXPN Concert Calendar for more details on this 21+ show, and check out the video for “Heavy Jesus” below. Continue reading →
“A lot of music, on a smaller scale.” That’s the idea behind the National Park mini-festival, which brings six bands to the stage at Bourbon and Branch next Saturday.
Coordinators of this event recognize the indifference experienced by many concertgoers when forced to sit through long sets of bands they don’t know in addition to long changeover times while waiting for the act that they came to see. National Park intends to remedy this in a way that encourages listeners to pay attention to new acts in hopes that they’ll discover more local music.
If you are looking for new music, but aren’t sure exactly what you are looking for, then this new song from Philadelphia quartet Purples is just for you. The five-minute “Evaporate” features samples of opera singing, dogs barking, an accordion, and applause — a little something for everyone. Continue reading →